DALLAS — The American Airlines Center is officially located on Victory Avenue just outside the downtown area, but if you’re the Edmonton Oilers and are looking for a win after a season-worst four-game losing skid you can also find it at the intersection of Desperation and Determination.
While Oilers coach Dave Tippett went radical and had Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins all centring lines, as he said; “just to spread things around”, it was also more of the usual in their start to finish 2-1 victory.
The Oilers got a league-leading power-play goal from Draisaitl, their NHL best road penalty-kill stopped three by the Stars, McDavid had assists on both goals and goalie Mikko Koskinen, after a blemish against Carolina last week, was rock-solid, only beaten by Tyler Seguin’s bullet under the bar with 157 seconds left, running his record to 12-5-2. He made a great stop on Corey Perry with nine seconds remaining to save it.
The difference; one of those McDavid feeds came on their struggling five-on-five attack — a pass to Zack Kassian. Kassian has been the best even-strength player on the team, though, with all of his 12 goals and 23 points five-on-five. And after leading for all of 4:35 over the preceding four losses, they didn’t chase the game and after giving up 19 goals in those losses, they looked like the October Oilers. You remember them, opening with five straight wins, going 7-2-1 in the first 10, giving up just 24 goals.
“Our guys were really focused today, you could tell in the morning skate, real business-like approach … mostly the leaders in the room said we’d get the job done,” said Tippett. “Our goalie was really good but we checked well, the things we’d like our identity to be, a team effort rather than waiting for a couple of guys (Draisaitl and McDavid) to score.”
“Solid game from the first to the last minute, really a grinding game,” said Oilers defenceman Oscar Klefbom, who played half of it, 30:32, 10 minutes and 10 shifts in the third and also got yeoman service out of partner Adam Larsson who blocked six shots. “I’d rather win 2-1 than 5-4 and give up a lot of goals and a lot of shots … well, maybe if we had let in eight and we scored nine, I would still be happy, even if I was dash-6. All we wanted was a win to stop the bleeding.”
Got a little hairy at the end, a continuation of the third where Dallas had 18 shots and the Oilers eight.
“Yeah, little nervous, good for their fans (all the action) I guess. Thank god, we got away with it. You can almost say they deserved to score one but we kept it to one.”
Koskinen was like Gumby meets Pretzel in the final few minutes, bending, diving to make stops.
“Got a lot of pressure at the end … got my blocker on that one late. The goal was kind of a broken play, a pass through the back-door,” said Koskinen, who admitted it’s hard to protect a 2-0 lead for 46 minutes. “I thought we did a great job until they got the first one.”
And, they’re now second in the Pacific Division, tied with Arizona at 42 points but playing one more game. Vegas is third with 41 and Calgary fourth with 40 in the tightest division in the league.
Alex Chiasson made a McDavid like, no look back-pass past Dallas defender Esa Lindell right onto Draisaitl’s waiting tape to give Oilers a power-play goal in eight straight games. The last time Oilers had a PP streak that long was 1999 when Doug Weight and Ryan Smyth were leading the charge. The Draisaitl PP slapper ended the Stars’ run of 41 straight kills at home.
“I didn’t exactly know he was there but one thing about our power play since I’ve been on it the last year, it’s kind of chemistry, you understand where guys are. I never looked once but it was a feel for the play. He usually hangs around that area, perfect spot at the right time,” said Chiasson, of the set-up on the game-winner.
HOW THE WHEEL TURNS
Todd Nelson and Derek Laxdal find themselves on the same on the same Dallas coaching staff these days, but nine and-a-half years ago they both applied for the Oil Kings junior job.
Laxdal was hired by then junior GM Bob Green, but now the chief amateur scout of Oilers, and Nelson, who had been Atlanta Thrashers assistant coach, was in limbo in June, 2010. Until GM Steve Tambellini called.
“Went for an interview and got hired the next day. Best thing that ever happened to me going to Oklahoma City,” said Nelson, who then coached Oilers after Dallas Eakins was fired.
Laxdal left Oil Kings after their Memorial Cup, and coached Stars AHL farm team for six years until Dallas coach Jim Montgomery was fired a week ago.
“It was a whirlwind there for three or four days. When I got the call, it threw me off, but then you just go. Came up and went right into a pre-game skate and a game (vs New Jersey),” said Laxdal, who coached 12 of the current Stars in the minors, including John Klingberg, Esa Lindelll and Radek Faksa.
Garnacho on target as United beats Crystal Palace in League Cup defence
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Seven months after lifting the trophy, Manchester United made a successful start to its defense of the English League Cup on Tuesday by beating Crystal Palace 3-0.
Alejandro Garnacho and Casemiro fired the holders into a 2-0 first-half lead at Old Trafford and Anthony Martial added a third after the break in the third-round match.
It is now back-to-back wins for Erik ten Hag’s team, which has endured a disappointing start to the season.
The dominant performance against an understrength Palace followed Saturday’s narrow victory at Burnley and will give United fans hope the team has turned its form around.
“The mood is always good, but of course when you are not winning at United there is disappointment, and there is frustration, but the togetherness is always there,” Ten Hag said. “We know we are not now in the position where we want to be. So we have to build up, we have to catch up and then you have to go from game to game, working on the process and working on the results. Don’t get too far ahead.”
The League Cup ranks fourth among English soccer’s most important trophies. But Ten Hag still savored last season’s success.
Victory against Newcastle in February’s final at Wembley Stadium ended the club’s six-year wait for a trophy and saw Ten Hag deliver silverware in his first season at the club. He went on to also reach the FA Cup final, only to lose to Manchester City, and also guided United back into the Champions League to mark an impressive campaign.
Things have not gone so well this term, with his team losing four out of five games before beating Burnley 1-0.
This latest victory was far more convincing, even if Palace benched regular starters Marc Guehi, Eberechi Eze and Joachim Anderson and was also without forward Odsonne Edouard.
Ten Hag also made changes with Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Rasmus Hojlund on the bench and Christian Eriksen absent.
Mason Mount, however, made his first appearance since Aug. 19 after returning from an injury.
Garnacho fired United ahead in the 21st minute after converting Diogo Dalot’s cutback in the box.
His low shot had too much power for Palace goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, who had only just come on as a substitute for the injured Dean Henderson.
Johnstone was tested again moments later when Dalot blasted an effort from an angle, which the keeper blocked.
He was beaten again, however, in the 27th, this time by Casemiro, who headed in Mount’s corner to double United’s lead.
Martial added a third 10 minutes into the second half when firing across goal after meeting Casemiro’s looping ball to the far post.
United plays Palace again in the Premier League on Saturday and the Londoners showed their threat when twice forcing saves from ‘keeper Andre Onana later in the match. But manager Roy Hodgson did not sound confident about securing a different outcome when the teams next meet.
“We are going to have to become a totally different team in the way we approach the game and the way we play the game,” he said.
Third-division Exeter produced a shock 1-0 win against Luton to knock the Premier League club out of the competition. Luton made 10 changes from the team that picked up its first topflight point of the season against Wolverhampton on Saturday, but the result will still go down as a big upset. Demetri Mitchell scored the winner in the 83rd, but Exeter had to see out the game with 10 men after he was sent off in the 88th.
Wolverhampton was also eliminated after throwing away a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 at second-division Ipswich. Hwang Hee-Chan and Toti Gomes had seemingly put the visitors on course for the next round after goals inside the first 15 minutes. But Omari Hutchinson, Freddie Ladapo and Jack Taylor sealed a comeback win for Ipswich.
Burnley is still waiting for its first win in the league this season, but it is powering on in the cup after a 4-0 win against Salford City, the fourth division club co-owned by Manchester United greats including David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville.
Elsewhere, Middlesbrough beat Bradford 2-0 and Port Vale won 2-1 against Sutton United.
Fourth-division Mansfield beat third-division Peterborough 3-1 on penalty kicks after a 2-2 draw in regulation time. Lucas Akins’ penalty to even the score in the 93rd had sent the game to a shootout.
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